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Elephants & Kangaroos thedreamstress.com

Kangaroos & Elephants Oh My! – (almost) first me-made dress

In the sewing community May is Me-Made-May – a month of trying to wear more of the things you’ve made, using them to get out of wardrobe ruts, and setting yourself personal challenges around them. I’ve never officially participated, in part because wearing stuff I’ve made every day is pretty much an obligation of my work, and what I wear cycles in response to what classes I’m teaching at the moment, what patterns I’m working on for Scroop Patterns, and the weather (which currently includes the first snow of the winter – yay (note sarcasm)).  In bigger part, I’ve always been too busy with either the Sew Weekly, or the Historical Sew Fortnightly. Between sewing-teaching work, history-lecturing work, pattern-making work, running the HSF, and life, I’m one additional thing away from dropping all my balls – and I’m pretty sure that what I’m juggling is a mix of ostrich eggs in extremely fragile shells (some of which are well past their best-by date), newborn dragons (a la McKinley, where dragons are marsupials, so newborns are really squishy) and pressure-sensitive …

A red Miramar and a Scroop Fantail with pockets thedreamstress.com

A red Scroop Miramar, and a sneak-peek at the Fantail skirt with pockets

I love bright red. Bright red lipstick, bright red clothes, bright red shoes*… Every time I see a pattern I like I think how good it would look in bright red.  And whenever someone makes one of my Scroop patterns in bright red I am super envious. So why don’t I make all my Scroop stuff in bright red? Because bright red is a glorious colour for making me cheerful, but a terrible for showing construction details. So, when I choose fabric for Scroop samples I have to prioritise things that photograph well over my personal taste, so no bright red.  And by the time I’m done making toiles, fit test samples, and modelling samples for Scroop, I usually have more than enough samples of a pattern in my personal wardrobe (which I try very hard to keep within reason), and I want to sew something different! Happily, and eventually, things do wear out, and I get to make new ones, and I get to make them in wonderful impractical colours, like black, and bright red (yay!). …

Goodbye Summer Henrietta Maria by Scroop Patterns thedreamstress.com

A Hello, Goodbye Summer Henrietta Maria

My summer wardrobe got a bit of a thrashing last year, as it got carried over into a Hawaii trip in June, and an LA trip in August, so by the time October came around and it started warming up in NZ I was pretty short on summer frocks and tops. In anticipation of nice warm days, I started making Scroop Henrietta Marias – my summer wardrobe staple.  I made one with a drawstring waist in rayon crepe (learn how to add your own drawstring waist here), and one in a Liberty of London silk-cotton blend. I’m not usually a huge Liberty fan.  The prints don’t really make my heart pitter-pattern, and the new Liberty fabrics just don’t feel as nice as ones from 15-20 years ago.  Liberty fabrics are NOT cheap, and I don’t feel that the quality of the fabric is good enough to justify the price any more. However, this Liberty IS from 15 years ago, is delicious to wear and work with, and was ridiculously, ridiculously cheap. Plus, I actually really love the …